Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC has added Jamaican veteran Speedy Williams to its squad ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. | Photo courtesy Josh Lane / New Mexico United
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Thursday the club had signed midfielder Speedy Williams, previously of Miami FC, ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
“I'm really just looking forward to adding on to the success the team had last season,” said Williams. “It's evident the Switchbacks are building towards a Championship and I'm glad to be a part of it.”
Williams spent the past two seasons with Miami, recording 53 appearances for the club across the regular season and playoffs. This past season he ranked second on the team with 1,619 passes attempted and posted an 88 percent passing accuracy rate while leading the team with 47 interceptions and winning 21 tackles.
The 30-year-old has made 198 appearances in the USL Championship’s regular season and playoffs in his career, recording 14 goals and 11 assists. He began his career with the New York Red Bulls II in the 2015 season and won the USL Championship the following season as part of a midfield that also included current United States international Tyler Adams. Williams then claimed two more titles in the following two years after moving to Louisville City FC.
Williams spent four seasons overall with LouCity, winning the Eastern Conference title with the club in 2019, and in 2020 was voted to the Championship’s All-League First Team after a standout campaign during the abbreviated season. Overall, Williams made 106 appearances in the Championship’s regular season and playoffs for LouCity.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Williams’ performances in the Championship have seen him regularly called up to international duty, where he has made 35 appearances for the Jamaican National Team during his career. Williams has seen action in the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Concacaf Gold Cup and played in all 14 games of 2022 Men’s World Cup Qualifying over the past 18 months.
“Speedy is a player that has won the whole thing three times, he has every tool you would want,” said Switchbacks General Manager and Head Coach Brendan Burke. “He will bring high end quality and leadership to our locker room and the hope is that his experience winning titles at this level and in Concacaf with Jamaica will carry us through the most critical parts of the season.”